Samuel Abu Jinapor, the minister of lands and natural resources, has made it clear that the government will keep funding the Forestry Service Division (FSD) of the Forestry Commission in order to carry out its responsibility of safeguarding the nation’s forest reserves.
He also urged the FSD personnel to carry out their primary responsibility of safeguarding the nation’s forest reserves without fear or favor.
The Minister was addressing at the Koforidua FSD Eastern Regional Office’s Commissioning.
He stated that about 80% of the nation’s forest reserves had been lost, and that the government had launched some significant interventions to restore these reserves.
Speaking at the opening of an office complex for the Commission in the Eastern Region, Mr Jinapor said: “Atiwa Forest and various forests in the Eastern Region are under attack from illegal miners, and galamseyers.
“Please rid these forest reserves of illegal miners and illegal loggers and other activities which threaten the survival of forest reserves in our country”.
John Allotey, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, stated that his organization will safeguard the nation’s forest reserves in order to reap the required benefits. He disclosed that seven forest districts in the area will be managed by the new structure in Koforidua.
The chiefs requested that the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources do everything in his power to put an end to galamsey in the area during an earlier visit by the Minister and his entourage to the Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Kwaku Boateng.